After months of speculation about his future, David Alaba has announced that he will be departing Bayern München this summer.
|Lukas Klostermann, David Alaba and Tyler Adams.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Ulrich Gamel|
David Alaba has confirmed that he will leave Bayern München on a free transfer at the end of the season, at which point his contract expires.
"I've decided that I want to do something new. It wasn't an easy decision because I have been here for 13 years, and I'm very thankful to FC Bayern," Alaba said at a press conference on Tuesday.
"It wasn't a financial decision. I still have six to seven years left to play and just wanted to do something new."
Alaba has been linked with a host of European top clubs, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool.
"I haven't decided yet where I'm going," insisted Alaba.
"I want to have a new sporting challenge and to develop as a person off the pitch as well.
"There are a lot of factors that come into play. Where can I continue to play successful football? This will influence my decision a lot."
After coming through the youth ranks at FC Bayern, Alaba has gone on to make 415 appearances for the Bavarians with 33 goals and 50 assists to his name.
The 28-year-old will be replaced by Dayot Upamecano, who will make the switch to Bayern München from RB Leipzig in the summer.